According to the August 11th edition of The New York Times, Time Magazine will be running a photo of author Jonathan Franzen on its cover this week. Apparently this is the first author they’ve put on their cover in 10 years. So why is he worthy of this dubious honor? His new novel from Farrar, Straus & Giroux is called Freedom and is a portrait of a dysfunctional middle class (does it still exist?) family searching for happiness. The characters are described as confused, conflicted and searching (no surprises there) and the story is compared to War and Peace (inevitable when a novel over 500 pages deals with a family in crisis and is written in what is called realism). I have tried to read Franzen’s The Corrections, and I can say that he is no Tolstoy. There are no Tolstoys in American letters. In fact there are no more Tolstoys anywhere on this earth. Nor are there any more Dostoevskys or Hugos or Hemingways.
Causes Anthony Maulucci Supports
Greenpeace, Amnesty Inernational, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Save the Children